Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 27th 2015 Contents Symphony Of Kings should be capable
of going one better in the five-runner
Maiden Stakes over twelve furlongs of
Lingfield polytrack today, providing Tony
Carroll s charge has recovered from recent
course and distance exertions!
Seven days ago heavily-backed, Luke
Morris-ridden, Symphony Of Kings, was
beaten a head by 14/1 chance Yes Daddy in
a three-way photo; favourite Tacticus was
half a behind with the rest four lengths and
upwards in arrears. A strong pace sorted
out the wheat from the chaff.
On the time-handicap Symphony Of
Kings is head n shoulders superior and
Morris will be expecting this Lucarno gelding
to gain reward for consistency; just a ques-
tion of replicating his recent effort against
Morris later journeys to Wolverhampton
where he ll ride once-raced Starlight Genie
in the concluding seven-runner Maiden
Stakes over seven furlongs of Tapeta, a sur-
face which has received glowing reports but,
apparently, is expensive to maintain!
Over course and distance 11 days ago
Starlight Genie was outclassed by Affileo
but finished a clear-cut runner-up with
several strongly-fancied rivals toiling in rear;
trainer Jonathon Portman will have been
Final and No Rum can also be expected
to find time on debut performances but,
price-wise, Starlight Genie and Morris appeal
For what it s worth The New One is drift-
ing somewhat alarmingly in ante-post bet-
ting for the Champion Hurdle, a week on
Tuesday, despite encouraging reports to the
contrary by trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies
whose yard is not firing!
Don t be tempted by the price, book-
makers ease prices for a reason, lack of con-
fidence being a prime consideration.
11.25 Symphony Of Kings
4.45 Stalight Genie
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Dettori delights on Dubday in Qatar
Leading Irish jockey Mark Walsh has been taken
to hospital for X-rays after suffering an arm injury
in a nasty fall at Thurles.
Walsh, who rides the bulk of leading owner JP
McManus Irish-based horses, was partnering the
Mick Winters-trained 11/4 favourite Winter Breeze
in the Killinan Maiden Hurdle when he came to
grief three flights from the finish.
His tumble brought down Dontbackme, with
Lets High Five It also unseating his rider at the
That was not the end of the drama as Goodluck
Noel fell at the second last, bringing down the
Davy Russell-ridden Lahaag.
Russell was stood down for the rest of the day,
but emerged relatively unscathed.
Walsh, however, may not have been so lucky.
Walsh s agent, Garry Cribbin, said:"Mark is very
sore and he has gone for an X-ray on his arm.
"I m just hoping it s not too serious."
Walsh currently leads the Irish National Hunt
jockeys title race, ahead of Paul Townend and Ruby
Thurles clerk of the course, Lorcan Wyer, said:
"Mark has gone for an X-ray on his forearm.
"Davy Russell suffered a superficial blow to his
elbow and was stood down for the remainder of
the day. He should be back soon.
"All the other jockeys involved were fine."
Fehily confirms Zarkandar mount
Noel Fehily has confirmed that his Ladbrokes
World Hurdle ride will be Zarkandar rather than
the horse he has won a Champion Hurdle on, Rock
Fehily is contracted to ride for Zarkandar s owner,
Chris Giles, and while that means he is on the Gold
Cup favourite Silviniaco Conti, he has to give up
the mount on his favourite horse.
Speaking to Betfred TV, Fehily said: "I will be
riding Zarkandar, I m contracted to the owners.
"Obviously it s something I hoped wouldn t hap-
pen, that the two would clash, but they are going
to clash and I m having to ride Zarkandar because
of my commitment to the owners.
"It s not a bad dilemma to be in as they are two
very good horses, hopefully Zarkandar can go and
"It s something I haven t been looking forward
to as I love Rock On Ruby and he s done wonders
for my career and he s going in the form of his life.
He has a massive chance, but I also think Zarkandar
has a massive chance.
"They have the same rating, they ve raced four
times and it s two each, there s nothing between
Maguire loses appeal
Jockey Jason Maguire has lost an appeal against
the 14-day ban he picked up at Ludlow last week
which rules him out of the upcoming Cheltenham
It will be the second year in succession Maguire
has missed the Festival after being seriously injured
on the Monday before the meeting last year.
The Grand National-winning rider finished sev-
enth aboard the Ben Pauling-trained Born To Suc-
ceed in the Onny Maiden Hurdle, which was won
by 20/1 shot King Alfonso.
Maguire s ride was beaten 24 lengths, but the
local stewards found him guilty of "schooling/con-
ditioning the horse on the racecourse".
The jockey is due to be sidelined between March
4-17 but did have his deposit returned.
As for Pauling, his original 3,000 fine also remains
and Born To Succeed is banned form running for
Frankie Dettori shone in Qatar yesterday
as Dubday landed the Emir s Trophy, the
highlight for thoroughbreds at the three-
day HH The Emir International Equestrian
Successful 12 months ago on the Al
Shaqab Racing-owned five-year-old, the
popular Italian repeated the feat as the son
of Dubawi beat former John Oxx inmate
Ponfeigh under the floodlights at Al Rayyan
Drawn widest of all in stall 16 on the
sharp right-handed track, the former Qatar
Derby and Gold Cup winner was soon
tucked in by Dettori and travelled powerfully
for much of the mile-and-a-half journey.
Dubday was caught a little wide rounding
the home turn and the response was not
immediate once Dettori got to work, but he
eventually found top gear and mowed down
Ponfeigh and last year s runner-up Peter
Anders to emerge triumphant.
Dettori, who delighted the locals and
international guests with his trademark
flying dismount, said: "It was a lot closer
than I thought. It took a bit of time to get
going, but once the turbo kicked in I knew
I was going to win.
"It was for the boss (Sheikh Joaan Al
Thani), it s the biggest day s racing here and
I was riding the best horse in Qatar."
Al Shaqab s racing manager, Harry Her-
bert, said: "Frankie is just great round here,
he rides it so well - he is a magician.
"The Sheikh is here and it s just terrif-
"Hopefully he ll go to Dubai now for the
Gold Cup. If he happens to prove himself
over the trip (two miles), it opens up options
like the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot and Good-
wood, which Qatar sponsor.
"I d love to see him in Europe.
"This is the superstar of Qatar racing."
The win was another feather in the cap
for prolific champion trainer Jassim Al Ghaz-
ali, who said: "Dubday is a champion horse."
The Emir s Sword, the main event for
purebred Arabians, also went to the Al
Shaqab team as Al Mourtazez made every
yard of the running for trainer Thomas
Fourcy and rider Julien Augue.
Trainer Julian Smart, who saddled three
of the seven runners, was responsible for
the second and third Djainka Des Forges
and Al Majh Hoor.
Smart is likely to be a major player in
those seeking to land the newly-launched
Qatar Arabian Triple Crown, which was
announced at a press conference earlier in
With a US$1million bonus available for
connections, the first leg will be at Good-
wood on Nassau Stakes day with the Qatar
Harwood International Stakes.
The mile contest will be run as the seventh
of eight races on the showpiece Qatar-spon-
The 10-furlong Arabian World Cup on
Arc day at Longchamp forms the second
leg, with the mile-and-a-half Emir Sword
next February the potential history-making
Speaking of his delight at the new con-
cept, Goodwood managing director Adam
Waterworth said: "The Nassau Stakes is our
thoroughbred highlight and the Arabian race
really adds to the card.
"We ve seen around the world the excite-
ment that can be generated when a runner
comes to the final leg of a Triple Crown
with a chance."
Smart said: "It will take a very special
horse to win the Qatar Arabian Triple Crown,
but the challenge is there now."
Hamad Bin Abdulrahman Al Attiya, pres-
ident of Qatar Equestrian Federation, said:
"The Qatar Arabian Triple Crown represents
a major development in the global promotion
of Arabian Racing linking three major fes-
tivals and strengthening our alliance with
"We are delighted that our new partner-
ship with Goodwood provides us with the
opportunity to launch the series at one of
the world s most beautiful racecourses and
one of international racing s most highly
regarded race meetings."
Genny Haynes, director of the Arabian
Racing Organisation, the sole Arabian Racing
Authority in the UK, said: "It is extremely
exciting to have a race of this stature forming
part of the UK Arabian Racing Calendar.
"Qatar are major supporters of Arabian
racing in the UK and have been particularly
supportive of initiatives to encourage smaller
owners and breeders and we look forward
to playing our part in the promotion of this
major new race series."
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21-26--- 10.30 am
11-36--- 1 pm
27-22 --- 6.30 pm
TODAY'S PICK TWO
4, 10, 14, 16, 19
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSON MAN 1
15 SICK WOMAN 2
18 WATER BOAT 1
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 1 1 2
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSON WIFE
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to February 26
4 (Dead Man) 10.30 am
35 (Big Snake) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
27 (Little Snake)
34 (Blind Man)
23 (House)---10.30 am
18 (Water Boat)---1 pm
3 (Carriage)---6.30 pm
18 (Water Boat) 1 pm
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